Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium (MURALS)

March 25 & 26th, 2021

(abstract deadline March 5th)


MURALS 2021 will be VIRTUAL via iPoster & Zoom


MURALS Abstract Book


The Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium, intentionally reaches out to students of color in various disciplines and exposes them to a variety of undergraduate research opportunities.

Mentoring, presenting scholarly work, networking, and learning about multicultural leadership are four main aspects of the program.

Slated for March 25 & 26, 2021 MURALS will be a two-day event that will allow students to network and present their scholarly work (creative writing, visual and performing arts, S.T.E.M., social sciences, humanities) while graduate students and faculty provide feedback and faculty serve as mentors.  Participants will take part in academic workshops that will aid in their process of continuing their education beyond their Bachelor’s Degree.  Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to showcase their scholarly work and represent themselves, their departments and colleges to faculty, staff, peers, alumni and administration. 

Awards and accolades will be presented to students at the end of the day.


MURALS participants will be able to  

  • Increase their interaction and collaboration with students from diverse populations
  • Communicate confidently and constructively about their research/scholarly work with their peers, faculty and staff
  • Independently synthesize and extrapolate information pertaining to their own research/scholarly work, including lessons learned, strengths, and ways to improve
  • Articulate significance of independent research interests as it pertains to their field, community, nation and/or world.
  • Increase professional interaction through interpersonal skills with peers, faculty and staff
  • Understand the fundamental characteristics needed to become a successful multicultural leader


Thursday, March 25th

Personal and Personal Development Workshops - sign up here 

Session I: 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Beyond the Researching a company – Values, Org Culture and Environmental Scans 

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Leadership in a white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist world 

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Supporting Students who are Undocumented: From Campus to Career 

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Get Out There! Education Abroad & Semester at Sea 

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Finding Undergraduate Research and Internship Opportunities in STEMM (Lab Session) 

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Session 2: 4:00pm – 5:15pm 

Ask Away! Liberal Arts & Scientific Research 

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Tools for Well-Being 

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Pathway to Graduate Education 

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Showcasing Your Experiences 

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Creating Inclusive Presentations 

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Passcode: 237506 



Friday, March 26th 

NOON Welcome
12:30 Session I - Virtual Presentations
1:45 Session II- Virtual Presentations
3:00 Alumni
4:00 Awards Ceremony


Congratulations to all of the students who will be represented in MURALS2021


Abighail Tekeste Emily Christine Guerra Kira Douglas Natalie Rodriguez
Adelina DeSantis Fernanda Alarcon-Avila Kris Tran Nichole Sinaloa Acosta
Alberto Moreno Garrett Poitra Laurel Anderson Noah Gonzales
Alexa Ware Gerson Flores Rojas Leo Andrade Olivia Chatman
Alejandra Cuevas Grace Kirk Lia Moon Paz Pacheco Hall
Aline Marquez Hannah Lucero Lourlie Jannah Baniqued Rachel Jackson
Anh Bui Hinzan Diarrassouba Luke Davis Rachel Treitman
Babin Dinda Isabelle Mcguire Luna Li Rayne Veazey
Bemnet Tefera Itzel Martinez Maab Abdalla Ryan Eddings
Binyamin Salzano Jacob Leavitt Mahdi Ramadan Sage Mednansky
Brooke Bennett Janaye Matthews Maria Nguyen Serena Lovely
Brooke Hudson Jazmin Gonzalez Mariela Paul Soleil Culley
Cristal Dominguez Vasquez Jennifer Gutierrez Makida Worku Swati Jujare
Cynthia Rodriguez Jewelyssa Rodriguez Marlena Giannone Tam Nguyen
De'Von Washington Jonathan Ibarra Matthew T Yohannes Tanya Prashanth
Destinee Danks Joslyn Orji Maya Siegel Valeria Casillas
Dillon R Pitamber Judith Aviles Miguel Rico Vanesa Ramirez Cruz
Dom Baca Kasandra Anaya Miya Giffin Zabiba Husen
Dulce Olmedo Katherine Manzione Mohammad Ramadan  
Elsa Barcenas Ramirez Kevin A Clausen Natalaia Plascencia Gonzalez  

If you should have general questions please contact

- Bridgette Johnson, or at (970) 491-5781

- Dr. Melissa Edwards, or at (970) 492-4092